verb (used with object)
to constrain by seizing and holding goods, etc., in pledge for rent, damages, etc., or in order to obtain satisfaction of a claim.
to levy a distress upon.
verb (used without object)
to levy a distress.
Origin of distrain
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law a person whose property has been seized by way of distraint
law to seize (personal property) by way of distress
Word Origin for distrain
C13: from Old French destreindre, from Latin distringere to impede, from dis- 1 + stringere to draw tight
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